Policemen convicted of assaulting detainee

|     Fadley Faisal     |

THE Magistrate’s Court yesterday convicted a pair of policemen and acquitted two others following a trial on charges of assaulting a detainee, Inayatullah bin Matasin.

Magistrate Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Dato Haji Kefli found that the prosecution’s case against Police Constable 5807 Muhd Mu’izwan bin Kamran and Corporal 4718 Liew Ghee Chian to have been proven beyond the court’s reasonable doubt.

The court found that the CCTV footage of the incident was clear, and that the victim was able to identify the duo.

The assault on Inayatullah, at 1am on March 14 at the Brunei Research Department office at Jalan Perayaan in Berakas, was backed up by a security guard who claimed he saw the duo hitting the victim.

The guard told the court he could see Mu’izwan making a stomping motion during an episode of the assault at a drain, a claim supported by CCTV footage.

The court however acquitted Corporal 4473 Herdey anak Bujang and Lance Corporal 5371 Muhammad Hafizan bin Abdulkhan after failing to gather any witnesses to independently testify that the two had punched and kicked the victim at the Brunei Research Department office car park.

CCTV recordings of this episode were unclear and the suspects in the video could not be identified.

The court adjourned the case to March 5 to hear submissions before sentencing.

Muhd Mu’izwan and Muhammad Hafizan are being represented by lawyer Pengiran Khairul Nizam, while Liew Ghee Chian and Herdey anak Bujang are represented by lawyer Rozaiman Abdul Rahman.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Shamshuddin bin Haji Kamaluddin and Dr Mohd Hussin Ali bin Idris prosecuted the case.